Fresh Milk or Full Cream Milk for Baby?


Often when a child turns 1, this is an internal monologue dispute that mothers often experience. Which milk would you like the child to drink, full cream or fresh milk? Which one is better? Mommy A says full cream milk is better, Mommy B says fresh milk is better.

For me, it’s when Baby Ali turned 3 that I’m writing this. She has been breastfed most of her life and has recently showed signs of weaning off. So here I am, researching again.

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Breastmilk for Baby?

Honestly, I’ve went through the research for each child prior but the information is not stored in my memory. So, as I’m not able to get a definite answer from different mommies; this time round, I will pen down my findings for ease of reference in the future should I need this information again. Or if any of my friends, like you, needs this question answered. 

Children between six months and two years of age to consume about 750ml of milk daily.

The Health Promotion Board

Alright moms, here we go. This health information on full cream and fresh milk content is according to Dr Aishah Alsagoff, a pediatrician.

Regardless of what doctors say again, breastfeeding is the best milk for your children. She however understands that some mothers do not have the opportunity to breastfeed for their own reasons.

Before we get into the main issue, which milk is better and more appropriate for your child, we will first explain the terms used in the world of milk production.

Fresh Milk or Full Cream Milk for Baby?Fresh Milk or Full Cream Milk for Baby?
Milk Production Parlour

Pasteurized: Pasteruized means that the milk is heated to a constant temperature with the aim of killing the bacteria and extending the life of the milk.

UHT: Milk that has been heated by using a higher temperature with the aim of killing the bacteria and extending the life of the milk.

Homogenized: Milk has gone through the process of producing a soft and evenly textured milk texture.

Fortified: Milk has gone through a process where nutrients will be added to replace nutrients that have been lost as a result of the above heating process.

The process of producing milk will go through the above processes. Usually on the box, it is labeled whether the milk is ‘homogenized’ or ‘pasteurized’. You need to read the label on the milk box to find out what type of milk it is.

FRESH MILK

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Fresh Milk for Baby?

Fresh milk is freshly sterilized milk and does not go through the processes described above. It’s because the milk is ‘fresh’ from the farm. All the fat, protein, and carbohydrates of fresh milk are just like full cream milk. Fresh milk however, lacks vitamin A as well as vitamin D3. So, fresh milk is not suitable for your child to drink for a long time.

FULL CREAM MILK

Fresh Milk or Full Cream Milk for Baby?Fresh Milk or Full Cream Milk for Baby?
Full Cream Milk for Baby?

Full cream milk is also known as whole milk. By the word “whole milk”, it already describes its contents. This full cream milk is a processed cow’s milk and has sufficient nutritional content. It is rich in fats, proteins, carbohydrates and other essential vitamins. Full cream milk is perfect for your child.

THE VERDICT

The important thing is to avoid giving your child unpasteurized fresh milk. This milk is completely milked from cows and does not go through the sterile process, it is believed to contain bacteria and germs to your child.

So, moms. What are you thinking? Do you know what milk you want to give? If you’ve already introduced fresh milk to your child, don’t worry. The only difference is in terms of vitamin D3 content and vitamin A. There are other foods that they can get these vitamins from so don’t freet.

Share it with other parents and do note that each child is different. Regardless providing the best available option for your child. Some children may be sensitive to the milk of your choice. Keep an open mind and Good luck!